Star Trek 1147: Dax's Comet Part 1

1147. Dax's Comet, Part 1

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #14, Malibu Comics, September 1994

CREATORS: Jerry Bingham (writer), Tim Eldred and Bruce McCorkindale (artists)

STARDATE: 48273.5 (between Profit and Loss and Blood Oath)

PLOT: As the legend goes, every 2000 years, Bajor is rocked by natural disasters, but its civilization is reborn each time thanks to "Those Who Wait", a lost tribe of religious zealots who live underground. Now they have returned just as a stray comet called the Messenger is set to hit the Wormhole. The station is disrupted by riots as the Bajorans cry apocalypse. A contingent of the lost tribe arrive on Deep Space 9 and warn Sisko not to interfere with the comet and that rebirth will come out of death. As if on cue, the station is hit by multiple explosions...

CONTINUITY: Nog appears.

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Glow sticks are no match for rocks.
REVIEW: Though principally known as an artist, Jerry Bingham does a good job introducing the Bajoran legend of Those Who Wait, and though I might've liked a stronger link to Bajoran religion as we know it, it still feels very DS9. Rioting Bajorans, fundamentalist sects and objects threatening to destroy the Wormhole are all staples of the series. We still haven't had an artist of Purcell's weight on the series, but Eldred (like Kirk before him) do a good job nonetheless. Bottom line, I'm interested in seeing how this story turns out, so thumbs up.

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